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Amsterdam World Book Capital Starts April 21, 2008.

Submitted by kmccook on Tue, 04/15/2008 - 21:55
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UNESCO’s granting of the title of World Book Capital to Amsterdam presents the city with a unique opportunity to reaffirm its reputation as a refuge for free speech and the written word, and to highlight its international renown as a literary hub. Amsterdam World Book Capital wants to inspire and propagate dialogue about the freedom of expression and has chosen to do this by adopting the ‘Open Book’ theme as its guiding principle.

Textbook costs getting hard to cover

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Tue, 04/15/2008 - 21:23

Marketplace on American Public media has this story: A growing chunk of college costs is the price of textbooks, on which the typical undergraduate spends $900 a year. So a group of college professors is calling for low-priced and free texts online. Congress is getting involved, too. Jill Barshay reports. Full story here.

An Interesting Tool, ISBNdb.com

Submitted by anderskb on Thu, 04/10/2008 - 14:09

infodoodads pointed out this interesting website, ISBNdb.com. It currently has ISBN and basic information for over 3 million books, which it has gotten via scanning library websites, according to their FAQ. Something else mentioned on their FAQ is "'Books on the Same Shelf' -- it allows to quickly look up similar books in the same way they would be placed in a real world library.